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Abstract Title: Old Philosophy for New Research: John Dewey’s ideas and deliberations in PER
Abstract: This paper reports reflections on John Dewey's pragmatic philosophy and its potential implications on deliberations regarding research design. The literature provides evidence that new research-based teaching resources have had positive effects on students' conceptual development. However, studies of students' experience of the very process of collaborative learning motivated by those resources are lacking. One constraint to study that phenomenon is its complexity. That makes it resistant to evidence-based rhetoric. Grounded on writings of Dewey and of some of his analysts, we have explored his pragmatic intellectual space and contrasted it with the rationalistic, the empiricist, and the militant intellectual spaces where often a person in PER would move. We did it by analyzing important events of PER history. We came to a conclusion which can be a stimulus for creative deliberations regarding research design of collaborative knowledge building in classroom: a set of constraints  with which research should comply.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vaz, Arnaldo M
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
UFMG, Colegio Tecnico, Setor de Fisica
Av Antonio Carlos, 6627
Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 31270-901
Phone: +55.31.3409.4952
Fax: +55.31.3409.4963
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Josimeire M Julio, UFSCar – Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil
Alexandre F Faria, UFMG – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil